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  1. Jeff Teague looks good, Mike Bibby looks like he could lose his starting job

    Oct 8, 2010, 7:20 AM EDT

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    Jeff Teague may have found his dog. That means Mike Bibby job is in jeopardy. Through the summer it was coach Larry Drew and staff, at camp it has been Joe Johnson and everyone on the roster telling Teague to be more aggressive. Maybe it has sunk in. In the Hawks first preseason game Teague…

  2. Check out our new digs. Put your feet up, make yourself at home.

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

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    Welcome to our new flat. You like? A lot of smart people at NBC worked long and hard to come up with a new look for this blog that matches the recently redesigned NBCSports.com site. The carpet matches the drapes now, if you will. What’s more, the PBT team is pumped because some back-of-the-house tinkering…

  3. Blazers center Jeff Pendergraph injures knee, leaves court in wheelchair

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:03 AM EDT

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    If you are a center for the Portland Trail Blazers, just make sure your health insurance is fully paid up. Portland’s second year center Jeff Pendergraph injured his knee and had to leave the court in a wheelchair during the Blazers preseason game against Utah Thursday. We’ll find out Friday how serious it was on…

  4. Delonte West leaves game early with sore back

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

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    Lingering back issues continue to plague Delonte West this preseason despite playing well for the Celtics in a game against the Nets. West played 18 strong minutes — 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, six rebounds and three assists. It’s the kind of production that — along with the spotty hot nights from Nate Robinson —…

  5. David Stern takes blame for Knicks summer Isiah Thomas blunder

    Oct 7, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

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    The Knicks mistake this summer in trying to bring back Isiah Thomas as a consultant was really two mistakes in one. NBA Commissioner David Stern admitted he caused one of them. You remember the incident this summer, right? The Knicks ownership — over the head of GM Donnie Walsh who almost quit over it —…

  6. Nets now sponsored by Stoli vodka, team’s Russian owner might appear in ads

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

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    In this economy, sponsorships for NBA teams are hard to come by. Teams are looking everywhere for new markets. Say, for example, Russia. And the hard liquor market there. Stolichnaya Vodka — most people call it Stoli — is now a sponsor of the New Jersey Nets, according to the twitter account of CNBC’s Darren…

  7. Anderson Varejao returns to Cavaliers

    Oct 7, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    For the last week, Anderson Varejao was back in his native Brazil after the death of his grandfather, but Thursday he returned to Cleveland and the Cavaliers. Byron Scott told the Akron Beacon Journal that he was not just going to throw Varejao out there upon his return. “He looked great and it was good…

  8. Ronnie Brewer was the one guy who wanted to be in Utah, had to go to Chicago

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

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    All summer long there was talk about players trying to get to Miami or New York or Chicago — nobody wanted to be in the small markets, everybody wanted to go big time. Not Ronnie Brewer. He wanted to stay on Utah, but they didn’t want him, Brewer told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. So he…

  9. Amar’e Stoudemire may do another magazine cover… but clothed this time

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Few images get seared into your brain — whether you want it to or not — quite like Amar’e Stoudemire’s picture for the ESPN The Magazine’s body issue. I think Trey Kerby at The Score said everything I wanted to. And a few things I didn’t want to. But, you know, his knee looks good,…

  10. Bucks finally cut Tiny Gallon

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Tiny Gallon’s NBA prospects have been touch-and-go for awhile now, but the Milwaukee Bucks have finally cut him — along with Billy Rush and Tory Jackson — from their preseason roster, according to The Hoops Market. Milwaukee selected Gallon with the 47th pick in this year’s draft, but the additions of Drew Gooden, Jon Brockman,…

  11. Maybe we haven’t seen the last of Don Nelson after all

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Don Nelson’s tenure as head coach of the Golden State Warriors was marked by one shining moment and countless infuriating ones. Between Nelson’s influence on personnel decisions, his rotations, his handling of players, and the general quagmire that plagued the Warriors organization as a whole, few things seemed to go right in the Bay. Moving…

  12. Guy to watch in Toronto: Linas Kleiza

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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    Everybody on Toronto was lighting up the Phoenix Suns in their first exhibition game Wednesday night — when you put up 129 and win by 51 everybody is getting their shot to fall. Well, except Andrea Bargnani, who was just 1-of-9 for three points. We’ll call it an off night and look the other way…

  13. Yao Ming’s limp not because of his foot. Well, it kinda is, but not what you think.

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    We made note of it as did many other outlets — Yao Ming played 12 minutes in the Rockets first preseason game then came out with a slight limp. On a guy who just missed an entire season after foot surgery, it’s a concern. We’ll it’s not pain in his foot that’s the problem, according…

  14. Carlos Boozer gets beat in HORSE by a high schooler

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer has range for an NBA big man, and if this was a game of one-on-one it would be over. But HORSE…. the kid has a chance. This was part of the Gatorade Replay series, which Boozer was helping out on (hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie).

  15. NBA Preview: Denver Nuggets

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

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    Last season: 53-29, tied them for the four seed in the West, but without George Karl on the sidelines (due to cancer treatments) they got bumped off in six games by a Mehmet Okur-less Jazz team. Head Coach: George Karl is back after missing the second half of last season ad the playoffs battling throat…

  16. Jason Kidd wants to play until he’s 40… no that is not next week

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

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    Big men have played until they turned 40 in the NBA — Shaquille O’Neal wants to do it now, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish have done it among a number of others. With guards, that’s much harder. Michael Jordan played until he was 39 and you notice that Washington Wizards Jordan didn’t end up in…

  17. Give Marcin Gortat the damn ball

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

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    Marcin Gortat is not just a big body in there to bang and grab rebounds and not screw up while Dwight Howard gets a blow for the Magic. He wants you to know he can shoot — sure he only took one shot a game last season but he hit 53 percent of then. At…

  18. Miami Heat love them some military grade weapons

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    When the Miami Heat were at Eglin Air Force Base for training camp, they took a break from running suicides to check out people firing some big guns shooting up walls and cars. And they loved it. LOVED IT. Check out reactions of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Eric Freeman of Early Termination option found…

  19. Grant Hill and Reggie Evans in the worst ejection ever

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

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    Grant Hill and Reggie Evans got ejected from a preseason game last night for patting each other on the butt. Seriously. It may be the worst ejection we can remember in the NBA. Referee Bill Kennedy is in mid-season overreaction form. It happened while the Raptors were blowing the Suns out of the building Wednesday…

  20. Ron Artest, NFL tight end? Boxer?

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

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    Apparently Ron Artest is tired of seeing his name on ProBasketballTalk and wants to see his name on ProFootballTalk. And do some boxing. Basically he just wants to fill up Michael David Smith’s twitter time line. From Hoopshype: After I’m done with my basketball career, I want to box and I wanna play football -probably…

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